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Forum topic by rustynails posted 12-01-2012 12:26 AM 5856 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2012 12:26 AM

I am looking to buy enough 4’’ hose to hook up 14 blast gates for my cyclone system that I am currently installing. I am putting in all metal duct, 26ga snap lock. What kind of hose do you guys recommend the PVC or the Polyurethane? I know the Ply is best but is it really necessary for a hobby shop? Also how many mills/thickness would you recommend to use? And the most important question is where can I get the best deal on it?
Also what kind of clamps are you using to connect it to the blast gates/ machines?


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#1 posted 12-01-2012 01:24 AM

I searched for a while, and here's the best deal I found online

At the time I bought it a couple months ago it was $50 for 50 ft. Looks like the price has crept up since then.

The quality is decent and the thickness seems to be good enough for my 1.5HP dust collector. It doesn’t collapse or anything.

I bought a few of these clamps to go with it

They’re definitely handy, but I don’t know if they’re worth the extra $ over the standard screwdriver type clamps.

Good luck!

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 02:12 AM

I’d recommend, if you want to save some money, that
you set it up with black polyurethan hose. Chances
are only 1 or 2 machines will have clogging problems
and you can replace those with clear hose later if you

The clear is a lot more spendy obviously.

The best hose for larger chips is the really stiff stuff
that is hard to bend. The insides are smoother and
the 10 ft length I have of that has never clogged.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 03:32 AM

Ditto on 1stmistake I have been using the black 4” flex hose, its heavier gauge but not as smooth inside (more ridges) so I would use the clear.

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 10:32 AM

Can someone post a link to the black polyurethane hose mentioned? I’m looking at redoing the dust collection setup as well and wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 01:23 PM

Just so I understand, is this a permanent installation, or are you moving the hose from one location to another as needed? If permanent why not use DWV plastic pipe? It is thin walled, light, and really smooth on the inside.

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 08:10 PM

This is a permanent system but you need flex for ease of use on each machine and mobility if needed.

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 09:12 PM

In my case, I need to move the dust hose fairly often, so I need quick release clamps. I make them by cutting a regular clamp somewhere in the middle, and attaching the 2 parts of a draw latch at each cut end. I leave the screw adjuster on, as 4” connections all seem to be different sizes, for some reason, so I can remove and attach quickly, and still have the adjustability.

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